According to a recent survey amongst UAE –based parents into safety and security at schools commissioned by Axis Communications, the global leader in network video and surveillance solutions, in conjunction with the Connector publication, 92% of those questioned felt their child/children were generally safe overall whilst at school with the same amount also stating that they felt schools should use surveillance cameras to openly monitor key areas of the school for safety and security reasons.
However the survey revealed that only 28% of those questioned had personally noticed surveillance cameras being used at their child’s school. 78% of respondents were however aware of the presence of security guards and 49% experienced entry control access in and out of the school premises.
A massive 85% felt that the presence of surveillance cameras would make them feel their children were safer at school and that the presence of clearly visible cameras would help to reduce incidents of bullying and other school ground mischief. Almost all respondents, 94%, said that they believed that video surveillance should be used in providing valuable evidence of incidents which may occur at schools and 43% said that schools should invest more in surveillance cameras with only 13% suggesting more should be invested in security guards and 18% wanted more control of access to entry points. Interestingly though, only 12% agreed that open and clear surveillance cameras managed by a school did infringe on a child’s personal right to privacy.
Marwan Khoury, regional marketing manager for Axis Communications in the Middle East, said, “The safety of students in any academic institution, whether it be nursery, school, college or university is at the top of every parent and educator’s agenda. The results of this survey clearly demonstrate that parents in the UAE take this issue very seriously and that the highest levels of security should be deployed in order to ensure that these vital years of learning can be undertaken in a safe and secure environment.” Khoury continued, “The education sector is a key customer segment for Axis and we work with many academic institutions around the world to ensure that education and learning can be provided in the safest possible facilities. We will continue to work closely with schools and safety authorities to develop and deploy cutting-edge products and solutions.”
Other findings from the survey included:
74% of respondents felt that the level of safety awareness at their child’s school is very good and 82% were satisfied with the level of control their schools maintain on all entrances and exits, whilst 21% were very satisfied with the level of supervision inside the school and 65% satisfied. Only 10% were dissatisfied.
Over 45% felt that their school’s level of preparedness for an emergency was excellent or good, 22% felt this aspect was fair.
The survey was conducted in May 2014, 70% of respondents were female, over half of those surveyed have lived in the Emirates for more than eight years and 68% have children aged between seven and 15 years old.
For further information, please contact:
Marketing Manager MEA
Email: marwan.khour[email protected]
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